Sonko Wins MCAs Over After Police Drama

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko speaking to journalists at KICC on August 21, 2020
    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko speaking to journalists at KICC on August 21, 2020
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  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Monday, November 30, secured the support of a number of Nairobi County MCAs moments after his dramatic run-in with the police earlier on in the day.

    In a footage shared live from his official Facebook page, the governor gave each of the MCAs present time to pledge their loyalty to him as the County chief.

    From the recently embattled Anne Thumbi, to the famous Mary Njambi alias mafirifiri, they all each declared their undying support for the governor.

    "We are not scared as we stand in solidarity with Governor Sonko, we know he is in this position because he refused to accept an illegality," they announced.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko pictured in his car along Riverside Drive. November 30, 2020.
    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko pictured in his car along Riverside Drive. November 30, 2020.
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    Imara Daima MCA Kennedy Obuya was vocal in his condemnation of the police for their actions that left his colleagues choking from teargas fumes.

    Peter Wahinya Kimuhu, the MCA for Ngando Ward, Dagoretti South Constituency, said that they had resolved to shoot down the motion to impeach the governor.

    "I want you to hear this. We are 92 strong, and we have decided that we will not be present during the hearing of the motion. Therefore we will not vote 'yes' or 'no',... there will be no quorum," he explained.

    The MCAs said claims that 86 out of 122 Nairobi MCAs had signed the impeachment motion were untrue.

    "We are here to make it clear that the signatures that they purportedly collected are fake. They were collected from a Kamukunji meeting held two weeks ago," they said.
     
    The MCAs said some 82 of their members have since signed affidavits against the purported signatures.
     
    They also called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to lead talks between the wrangling factions at the assembly over the budget stalemate.
     
    They underlined the need for serious consultations between the governor and the Nairobi Metropolitan Service boss Mohammed Badi.

    On his part, Sonko maintained that some cartels were behind the push to oust him from office and promised that he would go down swinging.

    "The Nairobi Regional Police Commander should stop taking orders from Nairobi County Assembly majority leader Abdi Guyo who lied to the President that MCAs have appended 86 signatures on my impeachment motion. We will not allow that," he asserted.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko pictured at Riverside Drive. November 30, 2020.
    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko pictured at Riverside Drive. November 30, 2020.
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